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John Mackey, NFL Hall-of-Fame End, Union Leader, Dies at 69

John Mackey, a Hall-of-Fame tight end for the Baltimore Colts who served as president of the National Football League Players Association, has died. He was 69.

Mackey died yesterday, Chad Steele, a spokesman for the Baltimore Ravens, confirmed in an e-mail. Details weren’t immediately available. Mackey had battled dementia, according to the NFLPA.